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October 22nd!

Windows 7!!!!!!

I’ve been using Windows 7 for a few months now, albeit virtualised, on my Mac, but I’ve been quite impressed with it. Running on a mere 1GB of memory, virtualised, it’s “nice”.

Today I upgraded one of our client’s machines to 7, using a fresh clean install of Windows 7 Pro, from REAL media. It was quite something. 7 seemed to install in around 20 minutes or so, and I had to comment “WTF, this just isn’t Windows like at all”.

I’m yet to run Windows 7 as an all day everyday platform, I can’t wait to be honest, but don’t think my work machine will be getting an upgrade anytime soon 🙁 Given I use my Mac every other waking moment of the day, Windows 7 probably won’t see much life in my life besides what I’m subjected to by what my clients are using. I feel a little left out there…

I’ve also been looking in to the Windows Preinstallation Environment for Windows 7 (aka WinPE3.0), as I want to produce a “tech bench” disk we can use on our customer’s computers when they drop them in. Simple things like running Acronis TrueImage, and just being able to browse files on a drive, and edit the registry and run system restore tasks. We can get most of this functionality from the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4WIN) but I find it a little “clunky”, even though you can strip a lot out of it during the build stage.

Just another thing for my to do list 🙂

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